Our Recipe of the Month in July is a real winner: “Sorbet” that’s so easy to make and sooo yummy. The bonus: It’s 100% fruit. Buy frozen fruit, or freeze your own, drop it into a blender with a little juice, and voila, a healthy dessert that even kids will love!
You can use the fruits and juices of your choice but in our recipe, we give a couple of blends that we like: Strawberry, Peach & Mango Juice and Raspberry, Banana & Tart Cherry Juice. Check out our recipe here.
Which brings me to my nutrition pitch for the day. Last week I was the guest of the Cherry Marketing Institute at the National Cherry Festival, a lovely event organized to promote tart cherries grown in Northern Michigan. I’ve long been a fan of sweet bing cherries in the late spring, and had only in the last few years begun to enjoy dried cherries the rest of the year. Didn’t realize I was eating tart cherries most of the time when I was eating dried. Also didn’t realize I was eating something that rivals the nutritional benefits of the acai berries that are getting so much attention these days. For example, tart cherries are rich in melatonin (an antioxidant that supports sleep), anthocyanins (antioxidants linked to heart disease and cancer prevention), at least 17 other antioxidants, beta carotene and fiber. And they taste great!
Currently, tart cherries are most easily found in stores as dried cherries and tart cherry juice. They’re also the canned cherries known as pie cherries. I hope frozen varieties become more available soon because they are great in smoothies. I’ll share a recipe with you soon for one that Ellie Krieger demo’d for us last week. It was extremely yummy.
Another bonus:: Tart cherries are grown in the U.S., good news for green eating in the U.S. The cherry folks are calling them “America’s super fruit.”
If you want to read more about our approach to healthy eating that feels and tastes good, check out my guest post today over at MizFitOnline. I’m talking about food as fuel, but with a different take on that subject than usual.
So there you go. Enjoy!